Michael J. Walsh


Michael J. Walsh joined Burke & Parsons in 2005. Since becoming a member of the Firm, he has worked primarily on litigated matters including collisions, allisions and groundings; charter party disputes; and Rule B asset attachments.

Mike began his legal career twenty-eight years ago as in-house counsel for an international ship classification society, where he handled a wide variety of litigated, corporate and compliance matters. He moved several years later to Kirlin, Campbell & Keating, where he had early exposure to corporate/transactional work, but ultimately devoted most of his time to maritime and commercial litigation. Mike developed expertise there defending marine surveyors/design professionals and third-party independent inspection services from professional negligence and/or breach of contract/warranty claims.

Mike also has had practical experience in the business world. He briefly interrupted his legal career for several years to work as an executive with a marketing firm, where he managed that firm’s relationship with its largest single customer.


  • Fairfield University, B.A. 1977 (magna cum laude)
  • Rutgers University School of Law (Newark), J.D. 1982

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • Connecticut Maritime Association

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York, 1983
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • Connecticut, 2005
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2011

Practice Areas

  • Hull casualty litigation, including collisions, allisions, groundings, sinkings, fires and explosions
  • Cargo damage litigation
  • Rule B asset attachments and vessel arrests
  • Charter party disputes, including demurrage and off-hire claims
  • Maritime and commercial arbitrations, including SMA and AAA
  • Mediations


  • Acted for major international classification society in casualty litigation involving sinkings, significant hull or machinery damage, loss of life and environmental claims in federal courts throughout the United States
  • Handled arbitrations and litigation for third-party inspection services providing design review services and cargo inspection services
  • Represented bareboat charterer of U.S. flag container ship in limitation of liability proceeding arising out of vessel grounding off coast of South Africa. Case required significant electronic discovery and electronic production of close to a million pages of email and other electronically stored information culled through extensive “key-word” searches in a significantly larger database
  • Obtained significant Rule B attachment to secure owner/plaintiff’s claim based on contribution and indemnity (charterer’s safe berth violation) and successfully argued motion to preserve bond from forfeiture to defendant post-Jaldhi/Hawknet
  • Defending purchaser and manufacturer of chemical cargo in ship fire and explosion case from negligence and strict liability claims based on alleged failure to warn of dangerous goods